You want that magical family vacation, but while you're fighting off the crowds, you also want to get the most bang for your buck. How do you bring that Disney pixie dust to your wallet?
Of course, you'll be fighting the against everyone else who wants a bargain. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom hosts an average of 56,142 people per day, according to data from project management organization, AECOM/TEA. Interior parks such as Epcot average 32,323 visitors per day, Animal Kingdom hosts 29,923 and Disney's Hollywood Studios has approximately 29,666 visitors per day . Considering a visit to the "happiest place on earth" won't be without heavy crowds, families try to find ways to not only maximize their time in the park but also minimize the deep dollar they are spending.
Average costs for a family of four to take a four-day vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando is around $1,700, says Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic.
"One of the most common mistakes families make is trying to squeeze in too much each day," Poirot says. "Sure, you're spending a fortune to visit the land of the mouse but if you have tired and cranky kids, are you really enjoying the vacation? Make time for breaks. If traveling with young kids who nap, head back to your hotel and keep your nap schedule to keep kids from breakdowns. Remember it is O.K. to just sit back and enjoy your vacation."